Cafe of the Week: Spend the Day Hooked on Colfax

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Kristin Pazulski
Hooked on Colfax has coffee, tea, house made pastries, beer, wine and whiskey -- quite a treat!
When Malissa and Scott Spero came back to the states after a year of teaching in Korea, they were ready for a change. Before the trip, Malissa had worked at the China Center at the University of Denver and Scott was a graphic design student. "We realized we could do anything we want. We had quit our jobs and sold our car, and were basically starting from scratch," says Malissa.

While deciding what to do, the couple saw a for-sale ad on CraigsList for a Brazilian bookstore. Scott went and checked it out, loved it, and the couple put their savings into purchasing what would eventually become Hooked on Colfax. "It could have been a disaster," Malissa adds.

See also: Photos: Hooked on Colfax completes expansion, doubles capacity

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National Western Stock Show Adds a Barbecue Throwdown -- Yeehaw!

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Danielle Lirette
"Once again, let it be known that Denver's BBQ is atrocious," wrote one commenter last week. It's been an unusually tough year for barbecue in this town, with several of our longtime favorites closing up shop. But barbecue fans can expect big things come January, when the National Western Stock Show will host its first-ever barbecue competition, slated for opening day of the extravaganza's 109th annual edition.

See also: The Ten Best Barbecue Joints in Denver

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The Corner Beet Juice and Coffee Bar Adds Soups, Sandwiches and Toast

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Mark Antonation
Nikki Hazamy and Donna Dempsey started Gypsy Juice over the summer, selling cold-pressed juices at music festivals and other special events around the state. In August, they opened a brick-and-mortar shop in Capitol Hill to serve juice and coffee to the neighborhood. But something was missing; with such a sunny, welcoming corner cafe, the two wanted customers to stay a while. So the Corner Beet, as Hazami and Dempsey named the cafe, is now also serving vegetarian breakfast and lunch to go with the raw, organic juice that gave the owners their start.

See also: Tifamade Cantine Closes LoHi Location

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Three National Stories Highlight the Denver Restaurant Scene -- Both Old and New

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If you've noticed that the Denver restaurant scene is blowing up, you're not alone. The dizzying number of new restaurants here and the competition pushing chefs and restaurateurs to give guests better dining experiences is getting national attention. Some of the resulting stories actually look into Denver's changing reputation, focusing on the wave of innovation here in the Mile High City. But other media outlets continue to treat Denver as fly-over country, worthy of mention only for quaint oddities, and not worth the effort of fact-checking on the more interesting stories.

Consider this trio of recent stories that put the local dining scene in the national eye...

See also: Wall Street Journal's "Insider's Guide to Denver," with Jen Jasinski and Adam Lerner


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DIA Still Flying High as Spot for Healthy Eating

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Root Down at DIA
For the second year in a row, Denver International Airport has been named one of the top ten airports in the United States for healthy options by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization. DIA ranks seventh, with a restaurant lineup that "features an array of healthful Colorado favorites," according to the report -- and several of the spots it name-checks are among Cafe Society's top ten restaurants at DIA, healthy or not, including our Best Restaurant at DIA in the Best of Denver 2014: Root Down.

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Ten Best Restaurants at Denver International Airport -- 2014 Edition

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Man Living in the Ceiling of the Yard House Downtown Becomes Trapped in Wall

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Apparently someone took the word "house" in the name of downtown beer bar Yard House a little too literally. As 9 News reported yesterday, a man who had been living in the ceiling above the 16th Street Mall restaurant had to be rescued after he became stuck in a wall. The Yard House closed early Tuesday night because rescue teams had to cut a whole in the wall near the entrance of the joint; the man had tripped a water main while clambering around in the rafters, causing flooding in the restaurant as well as in the neighboring Sheraton Hotel.

See also: 30,000 Square-Foot Liquor Store to Open in Town of Eight Residents

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Customer Service With a Side of Coffee at Huckleberry Roasters

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Kristin Pazulski
A great cup of coffee isn't enough for the owners of Huckleberry Roasters, who aim to create relationships.
Huckleberry Roasters is a great place to start a weekly peek into Denver's café and craft coffee scene: it has modern design, three types of coffee pours (drip, pour over and AeroPress) and a "toast program," which is really just a menu of toast with jam, nut butters and honey options. So I was surprised to find that owners Koan Goedman and Mark Mann downplay the intricacies of the perfect small-batch coffee cup and are more focused on customer service.

See also: Huckleberry Roasters adds more coffee to the Ballpark side of Larimer

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Foco Cafe Partners with SAME Cafe to Feed Fort Collins Community

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Mary Willson
Foco Cafe is now serving in Fort Collins.
Foco Cafe opened its doors in Fort Collins for the first time on Thanksgiving. For some of the forty individuals who had lunch there that day, it may have been their only opportunity for a warm meal of the day. The restaurant is a non-profit, pay-what you can eatery, serving lunch daily to anyone, regardless if they can pay.

If that sounds familiar, it's because Foco Cafe is a partner of Denver's SAME (So All May Eat) Cafe, which has been open for eight years, serving 115,000 meals to the community during that time. Kathleen and Jeff Baumgardner started volunteering at SAME Cafe, and began looking for a similar effort in their hometown of Fort Collins. "We did hundreds of meetings; we thought we would find someone with the same idea, and that was not the case," Kathleen says. "So we thought, 'It is up to us.'"

See also: SAME Cafe Provides Pay-What-You-Can Veggie Delights

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Silver Spork Social Plans to Put More on Denver's Plate Next Year

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After a decade of running a business and traveling, Denver native and East High grad Paul Laurie returned to the Mile High City last fall with an urge to explore this question: "What would happen if Denver's most talented chefs, bartenders and musicians were brought together and given complete creative freedom over an evening?" The answer was Silver Spork Social, a special supper club that put on fifteen dinners in Laurie's LoDo loft over the past year, culminating with a bacchanal in mid-November at 3090 Downing Street.

See also: Paul Laurie Sets the Table for Silver Spork Social

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Give Thanks for Six Eateries That Do Good While Serving Good Food

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Kristin Pazulski
Get your lunch on and help those in need.
The holiday season is the time for giving, but it's also one of the busiest times of the year. Fortunately, there are places around town where you can enjoy a good, fast meal -- while also doing good for others. Keep reading to learn about six of these special places.

See also: Carrie Shores Leaves Table 6 for New Role at Cafe Options


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